RIP Fr Michael Keogh SDB

Educator, Actor & Pastor [1926-2019]

A long-time missionary priest of Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Michael Keogh SDB, returned to the Lord early in the morning on Friday 22nd March 2019. Fr Michael was 92 years of age, been professed for 68 year as a Salesian, and served at the altar as Christ’s priest for 58 years.

Fr Michael’s passing did not come as surprise as he had been in bed for the last couple of years, and been in serious decline in health for a number of weeks.

Fr Michael was born in Quetta, India [now part of Pakistan] on 21st September 1926. At the end of secondary schooling, he joined the Salesians making first religious profession on the feast of Mary Help of Christians, 24th May 1950. He undertook philosophy and theology studies in Sonada and Shillong in India prior to his ordination as a priest on 26th June 1960.

Following his priestly ordination, Fr Michael served as teacher and assistant in many Salesian schools in India. He came to Australia in 1976 as missionary with two fellow Salesians.

Since been in Australia, Fr Michael served in many schools and parishes as educator and pastor. He was famous as a serious hockey player in his young days. Having a serious face, he was never slow to give some practical jokes to people. Fr Michael loved theatre. As an expert in mimicking, he would perform so well in many occasions to entertain others.

He was a true Salesian of Don Bosco. May his gentle and joyful soul rest in peace, amen!

3 thoughts on “RIP Fr Michael Keogh SDB

  1. Sorry to hear about the passing away of Fr Keogh….. I knew him, and he was a good friend. ~What struck one would be his humor and his jovial mood. He knew how to see the funny or perhaps the lighter side of things and was a joy to have in company. I’m sure he will be sorely missed. May his wonderful soul rest in peace.

  2. Dear Farther Michael

    “You are no more with us now.
    We both will remember you in many positive ways-with a big smile and a great sense of humor, always great with a story.
    You have done great service to the community. Thank you for helping in numerous ways to Our family. Will never forget to pray for your soul till we leave this earth.”

    We will pray to you as you prayed to your Mother when you needed help.

    May Your Soul Rest In Peace, Amen

  3. My uncle. The rock. We shared many a song, laughed aloud at many a joke. He taught us many a card and handkerchief trick. He played host with great dedication on countless occasions. He stood on the NSW Pacific hwy for hours in the dark waiting for our car to arrive from Melbourne, in case we missed the turnoff, in the days before mobile phones. He set our families on our feet, rescued countless souls. He never forgot the poor. He came from the humblest of beginnings having been virtually orphaned at age 13. He ate many a plate of dhal and rice and pickle. An omelette was always a bonus. He asked for not much more. He gave infinitely more. He suffered in silence. His life was the church. His hero was his mother. He created many a hockey team with sticks he purchased himself. He wept inside when changes in social climate meant he was nervous about even approaching a boy. We will miss the mischievous twinkle in his eye, the visits to Don Bosco dwellings around the country, his sense of drama,the awe and honour of saying “My uncle’s a priest.” Rest in peace Mick.

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